Done Calendar

Well, I’ve set up my done calendar for the quarter. I tape a calendar on the back of my bedroom door. I have two of them – one for my health and one for my writing.

I’ve pretty much gotten my health done calendar set. I track 3 categories – sleep, tracking calories, and exercise. For sleep, I get a mini sticker if I sleep over 7 hours. For calories, if I track calories, I get a mini sticker. Any exercise earns me a sticker. Any event with people – dance class, hiking – earns a big sticker. Mental health and community are important.

When it comes to my health, I am certainly moving like a turtle, but I keep moving forward. Originally, I only gave myself a sticker when I ate under my calorie goal. That didn’t work for me. So, I changed to giving myself a sticker if I tracked my calories that day. THAT worked. For exercise, any sustained exercise over 10 minutes earns a sticker.

Since this worked so well for me when it comes to my health, I decided to do the same with writing except I’m still having a hard time nailing down the categories. Right now my categories are play, short story, and novel. Each writing session = a mini sticker.

Will this work? I have no idea. Oh. I also a big sticker for each story submission. That way I can look at the calendar and see how I’m doing.

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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